Belgium Prairie

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

160 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a field acces (ditch crossing) and boundary marker on the north side of 120th St. SW at the coordinates above. It is overgrown in the summer and may not be obvious. Park on the left (west) side of the boundary marker.

N47 59.556, W96 33.352

 
         
 

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          Polk County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

All hunting and trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

Aspen Parklands

   
  Land Type Association    

Felton Lake Plain

Bronson Lake Plain

Beach Ridges

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (5/28/2021)

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Bacteria

 
  apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)   Pst  
 

Birds

 
 

Five bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

 

American Goldfinch

Mourning Dove

Song Sparrow

 
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

half-black bumble bee (Bombus vagans)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Pemphigus populicaulis

swamp milkweed leaf beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)

tricolored bumble bee (Bombus ternarius)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

 

clouded sulphur

half-black bumble bee

viceroy

willow pinecone gall midge

 
 

Mammals

 
 

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  plains pocket gopher  
 

Plants

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

Baltic rush (Juncus balticus var. littoralis)

Bebb’s willow (Salix bebbiana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis var. canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. albus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

Dudley’s rush (Juncus dudleyi)

fen grass of Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

golden ragwort (Packera aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

knotted rush (Juncus nodosus)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern reed grass (Calamagrostis stricta ssp. inexpansa)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie false dandelion (Nothocalais cuspidata)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie willow (Salix humilis var. humilis)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

purple-stem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough bugleweed (Lycopus asper)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

seaside arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima)

short-awned foxtail (Alopecurus aequalis)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Torrey’s rush (Juncus torreyi)

tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Alopecurus aequalis (short-awned foxtail)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calamagrostis stricta ssp. inexpansa (northern reed grass)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hairgrass)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Juncus balticus var. littoralis (Baltic rush)

Juncus dudleyi (Dudley’s rush)

(Juncus nodosus) (knotted rush)

Juncus torreyi (Torrey’s rush)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lycopus asper (rough bugleweed)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Nothocalais cuspidata (prairie false dandelion)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Packera aurea (golden ragwort)

Parnassia glauca (fen grass of Parnassus)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix bebbiana (Bebb’s willow)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix humilis var. humilis (prairie willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago canadensis var. canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Symphoricarpos albus var. albus (common snowberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (purple-stem aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Triglochin maritima (seaside arrowgrass)

Typha × glauca (hybrid cattail)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

absinth wormwood

black-eyed susan

chicory

common evening primrose

common strawberry

common yarrow

fen grass of Parnassus

foxtail barley

grass-leaved goldenrod

gray-headed coneflower

harebell

Maximilian’s sunflower

New England aster

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rough bugleweed

showy goldenrod (var. speciosa)

stiff goldenrod

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

white prairie clover

wild licorice

wild mint

yellow goat's beard

 

 

 

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